August 5, 2015: French authorities said today there is a “high presumption” that the flaperon found last week on La Reunion Island east of the African coast is from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a Boeing 777-200ER.
The prime minister of Malaysia was more certain, saying the wing part was definitely from MH370.
When the flaperon was found and identified by photos as coming from a 777, the presumption then was that it was from MH370. Now it’s a “high presumption.”
Beyond this, there is nothing new.
There’s been no analysis yet of the barnacles, nor of the stress/tear damage of the flaperon. There’s been no detailed, scientific analysis yet of the currents to attempt to backtrack to the point of origin, although this New York Times animation is pretty illustrative, along with accompanying illustrations and text.
But the bottom line is that other than finally having a piece of the airplane, the world today doesn’t know anything more than it did 10 days ago.
It will be a while before authorities analyze the barnacles and flaperon. It will be a much longer time before we find the plane–if it ever is found–and longer still to recover any of the wreckage and all-important black boxes.
This is a mystery that will continue for a long time to come.